love /ləv/Noun - An intense feeling of deep affection.
ro·mance /rōˈmans/Noun - A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.
You don't need reminding of the proximity of Valentines day - it's everywhere you turn; inescapable in it's determination to have you a) feel bad if you're single or b) feel guilty if you don't spend money you don't have on your partner. Oh, what fun!
It's also well documented that I cannot abide romance-y romance novels. So when I say I want to share with you a post about love, you should be fairly warned of the place this is coming from. This will probably sum it up: I found Hannibal to be quite romantic.
So, with all you lovely readers fairly warned...
I have collected a list of my favorite quotes, of, and about, love. They come from books I have personally read, which means the majority are not quotes from the genre of Romance. Because sometimes, you find love in the darkest of places. I wanted to highlight that although I read books that may seem troubling to some, they are not devoid of emotions, feeling and humanity. Love gets everywhere! ...
“Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you--haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!”
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
“Dr. Fell, do you believe a man could become so obsessed with a woman, from a single encounter?
Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for her and find nourishment in the very sight of her? I think so. But would she see through the bars of his plight and ache for him?”
Hannibal by Thomas Harris
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
Dracula by Bram Stoker
“That is the crowning evil, that we can even go so far as to love each other, you and I. And who else would show us a particle of love, a particle of compassion or mercy? Who else, knowing us as we know each other, could do anything but destroy us? Yet we can love each other.”
Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
There is, however, one exception to my hate-all-romance persuasion. The Bridges of Madison County is one of the finest novels I have read. This quote is my favourite:
“So here I am walking around with another person inside of me. Though I think I put it better the day we parted when I said there is a third person we have created from the two of us. And I am stalked now by that other entity.”The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller
What are your favourite literary love quotes? Will you be sending any cryptic quotes to your Valentines?!